- Fuel-efficient engines
- Very well designed interior
- Generous boot space
- Rear headroom is limited on some models
- Older models look their age
- No four-wheel drive version
Peugeot’s 2008 has been popular since its launch thanks to its stylish looks, great engines and it’s drive. Undoubtedly a step up from the usual hatchback, it provides more space, plus its crossover style means you can enjoy small dimensions, easy parking and light steering.
It’s based on the Peugeot 208 but boasts additional interior and luggage space. It has additional ride height which will give you a better view of the road. It’s also available with Peugeot’s electronic Grip Control system which is great when you find yourself on a gravel or lightly snow-covered road.
The interior is the same as the 208 which means a good looking dashboard design, a practical and Bluetooth connected infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and well laid out controls. Like the 208, the small steering wheel sits low so doesn’t restrict your view of the digital speedometer.
The seats are comfortable on short and long journeys and there’s decent head and legroom in the front and back. Some models have a brilliant panoramic glass roof which lets a huge amount of light into the car.
The materials are excellent with a good solid feel throughout the cabin and there are plenty of essential storage spaces. Boot space is excellent at 360 litres, so there's enough space for a number of suitcases. This is 75 litres more than the 208 and the rear seats can fold flat into the floor providing even more space
Higher spec models, especially the post-2016 updated model, have some great styling touches such as an off-road look and bigger wheels. Unlike some rivals, the 2008 looks slightly closer to the ground.
The 2008 is a comfortable car and it’s a great commuter choice. It’s also equally adept at tackling longer drives where its comfort and interior space will beat rivals like the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke.
If you’re going to venture off the tarmac or want the reassurance during the winter months, then models equipped with Grip Control provide clever electronic assistance giving the feel of four-wheel drive.
The 2008 is light on its feet and easy to whizz around town. It’s also where its light steering is most useful. The early 1.2-litre petrol engine is good in the city and for the occasional longer journey, while the 1.2 THP turbocharged petrol engine, introduced in 2017, is a better choice if you need more power. The 1.6-litre diesel is well suited to short and long journeys, particularly the higher power versions with a great six-speed manual gearbox. The automatic gearboxes are also a good choice and will suit you if you do lots of driving in stop-start traffic.
Prices for the 2008 have held up well, although the introduction of the next generation could affect resale values. You can buy an early model for the price of a small city car but it’s worth looking for a car with the later engines.
Running costs are excellent with petrol versions delivering economy above the 50 mpg mark and diesels as much as 80 mpg.
Fixed price servicing on cars over three years old at Peugeot dealers is similar to that of rivals. Insurance costs are on a par with rivals and road tax is low.
Reliability is good for the 2008 with hardly any issues reported.
Safety is always a strong point for French brands and the 2008 is no exception with a five-star Euro NCAP crash rating. It’s fitted with vital safety features such as electronic stability control and even a built-in crash detection system that will notify the emergency services.
Best for economy - 1.5 BlueHDI Active
Best for family - 1.2 PureTech Active
Best for fun - 1.2 THP GT Line
Go for the later 1.2 PureTech petrol engine because it’s great around town, is good on fuel economy and can manage longer journeys from time to time.
If you need to make regular longer journeys, go for the 1.2 THP petrol or the 1.5-litre BlueHDI diesel, as they won’t have to work as hard if you venture further.
Active is the best starting trim because it has the infotainment screen, but if you want the most style, then have a look at the GT Line.